Saturday, November 8, 2003

Expulsion sought over cartoons

The Associated Press

WORTHINGTON - A middle school principal in this Columbus suburb has recommended that a seventh-grader be expelled for drawing violent cartoons.

The drawings depict stick figures being shot, stabbed and blown up.

Although two of the figures are labeled with the names of teachers at the school, officials said they don't know whether the 12-year-old meant to harm anyone.

"When you see anything or hear anything that reflects violent images or violent statements - whether or not it's a direct threat, whether or not there may be intent - zero tolerance states that action has to be taken against the student," spokesman Greg Viebranz said Thursday.

The drawings fill much of a hand-drawn comic book seized last week by a teacher at Perry Middle School.

Perry's principal, Jeff Maddox, recommended that the student be expelled. A hearing officer is scheduled to review the case.

Worthington police decided not to file charges.

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